There are hundreds of children in Wyoming who rely on the Totes of Hope Program. This program works in conjunction with after-school programs to ensure that children at risk of hunger have access to enough food to get them through weekends when they lack access to school meal programs.
Each Friday during the school year, participating children receive a nondescript tote containing easy-to-prepare, child-friendly food to help sustain a family of four through the weekend. Among some of the items are; cereal, granola bars, shelf-stable milk, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, boxed meals, mac and cheese, canned vegetables and fruit.
In FY2017 Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies provided 54,876 totes with meals for hungry Wyoming children at 23 sites around the state. Average tote costs $3.65. The total program costing $112,842.00. Without those meals, hundreds of children would have faced weekends where they might not have had enough to eat until the next Monday’s school breakfast!